Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
MW: Please introduce yourself?
PS: Hello everyone my Name is Stan Griffith aka Papa Smurf from Ghost Mine.
MW: How did you get cast for Ghost Mine on SyFy?
PS: I was contacted by the producers and asked if I would be interested in doing the show. I had never done anything like that before and said, yes I would give it a try.
MW: Had you already worked in a mine before?
PS: I have been in the mining trade for 45 years and done quite a bit of mining in new mines and old mines.
MW: What was your favorite mine to work at? And why?
PS: I can’t really say I had a favorite mine that I worked as all of them where exciting to hire on and work at first until another was available to go to. My first love in mining was when I was contracted to open up old mines for exploration or an assaying programs to find any values that would make it worth mining again.
MW: What is the craziest thing you ever saw during the production of Ghost Mine?
PS: One of the craziest things I saw while filming was Jamal trying to cook for the crew.
MW: Were you a non believer of the paranormal before you went into the show?
PS: I have always believed in the paranormal even before the show.
MW: What would you say to the people who watched Ghost Mine that says the show is fake?
PS: I always thank then for watching it when they did and tell them I hope they find a show they like.
MW: What happened that there is not going to be a third season?
PS: Well I’m not happy about it as we (the Crew) thought we had a very good show that was different and would go on for a few more seasons. We thought the ratings were pretty good and higher than some of the other shows that are still on.
MW: Are you upset there will be no third season of Ghost Mine?
PS: It was a shock to all of us and our fans were really upset and let down about it. As for being upset about no 3rd season, hey that’s life, what can you do about it? We have a very devoted fan base not only here in the U.S.A. but world wide that stay in contact with us everyday.
MW: How can fans reach out to you?
PS: Most of us are on face book and can be reached such as Papa Smurf/Ghost Mine. Our fans have been voicing their feelings to SyFy and continue to do so in the hopes of the show returning. Bless them they are really what it is all about.
MW: Will you be making any appearances in 2014?
PS: As, far as making any appearances in 2014 you never know just depends when and where I’m open to that. Right now I’m dealing with family matters with the passing of my older brother who had been very ill for the last couple of years so that has been keeping me pretty busy.
MW: What would you like to say in closing?
PS: I would like to say that it was a lot of fun doing the show and that the people we worked with were great and had a lot of patience working with us, they made us look good. To our fans worldwide you made our show and for that we thank you. What the future holds we have to wait and see. Thanks, Stan Griffith aka Papa Smurf.